Courses For Your Dog

At K-9 Companions Dog Training, we specialize in training for clients with disabilities such as veterans with PTSD or TBI, as well as mobility issues. Dogs can be taught many various behaviors, depending on the client’s needs. Examples of behaviors taught are:

  • Opening doors, drawers, and refrigerators
  • Retrieving specific objects (DVD’s, keys, remotes, etc.)
  • Retrieving dropped articles
  • Turning on or off lights
  • Alert toward danger, doorbell, or telephone
  • Circle and blocking for personal space
  • Watching behind the handler with passive alert
  • Medication alert
  • Balance assistance
  • Interrupting anxiety
  • Applying deep pressure
  • Walking slow to lead
  • Carrying objects

Clients’ personal dogs can be utilized if they qualify for temperament and training ability. Service dogs must not be aggressive and must have sound nerves and be in good health. To be successful we must also have a client/handler that is mentally, physically, and emotionally capable of being our training partner in the process.

Brace Command:  This command helps someone who is unsteady on their feet.

Pressure Command:  This command is used to ground a person in a stressful situation such as a doctors visit.

Lights Command: This command is used for people who don’t like to enter dark rooms or want the lights turned on after a night terror.

Nudge: Is a silent command where the dog is taught to look for a “tell” of handler anxiety (as seen here with the scratching) and interrupt it by pawing at the owner. This can be done with the owner sitting, standing, or laying down.

At K-9 Companions our Service Dog Training Program is different than most in that we involve the client in the actual training of their dog. In the case that the owner is not physically capable of being involved in the training, the owner must provide an assistant that will be involved in the day to day training and care of the dog. Since most NPO’s (Non-Profit Organizations) that provide already trained service animals have long waiting lists we try to help as many people as we can. However, in cases where the owner is not physically capable of being personally involved in the training we would suggest a pre-trained dog from a NPO.

K-9 Companions is not an NPO. We are a For Profit business and are not in any way in competition with NPOs. We simply offer a service to people that feel they are not a good fit for an NPO either because of the waiting period or because of the desire to train their own dog and to be involved in the process. In fact, in many cases we refer people who aren’t a good fit with us to NPOs Likewise, some NPOs refer people to us when their desire is to train their own dog or to have us help them procure the right puppy to train up to be a service dog.

We train by the government recognized standard for service dogs which includes the following:

On-off leash obedience, and manners

CGC (Canine Good Citizen Test

Minimum of three service dog commands that the dog does for the handler that they cannot do for themselves.

Public Access Training-Learning to go into public areas such as shopping malls, grocery stores (walking next to a cart), hospitals (up and down elevators and escalators properly), into restaurants (laying under tables properly, and any other situation necessary for the owners’ lifestyle.

This process takes 1-2 years depending on the age and training the dog already has. The dog needs the aforementioned training and to be at least 2 years old to be certified.

Upon certification: The handler receives a ID card with K-9 Companions contact information, logo, photo of handler with the dog and dogs ID number, a 8×10 wall hanging of same for his/her office, and a vest with K-9 Companions patch and service dog patches.

SERVICE DOG TRAINING CRITERIA

1. We require a letter from a licensed physician or psychiatrist prior to training a Service Dog. Please do not inquire about training a Service Dog if you simply want to be able to take your pet dog into places that otherwise would not allow him. This is an ABSOLUTE requirement.

2. The applicant must have the proper dog to do the work. The dog must not be overly fearful or aggressive to humans or other dogs. If the applicant’s dog does not pass the temperament test a new dog will be a requirement. At this point the applicant may choose to either go with an NPO for the purchase of an already trained dog or choose to continue with a donated, rescued, or purchased dog at his/her discretion.

3. We only certify dogs that we train in the following: Level 1: On leash obedience problem solving and manners Level 2: Off leash obedience problem solving and manners, CGC testing, Level 3: Minimum of 3 behaviors taught that can help the owner (that the owner cannot do for themselves) Level 4: Public Access Training (walking next to a shopping cart, going under tables in restaurants etc)

4. The dog must pass a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. This test is available at the facility but must be conducted with the owner of the dog as the handler.

5. The dog must prove to be good in public. It must not be aggressive to dogs or humans, must stay by the owners side without being a nuisance, and must follow commands without need of forceful correction. The dog should be able to navigate through crowds of people, in and out of doorways, and calmly lay down next to or under a table as appropriate.

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Vinny with “Taco” his seizure alert dog.

More K-9 Companions Videos

“Charlie” Duel Certified Service & Therapy Dog

Public Access Training: Grocery Store

Service Dog: Vest & Patch

AKC/CGC: Rosettes & Medals

“Nana” patiently waiting!

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Vietnam Veteran’s Service Dog

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Service Dog in Training Store Visit

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Service Dog in Training Learning About Elevator Doors

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Cobain child’s Service Dog

service dogs need to go everywhere the handler goes and remains well behaved

Service Dogs Need to Go Everywhere the Handler Goes and Remains Well Behaved

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Service Dog Clients Learning How to Properly Enter and Exit an Elevator Safely With a Dog

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Gizzy Child’s Service Dog

Children’s Service Dogs

Veterans Shown after passing CGC Test

Public Access Training: Restaurant

Public Access Training: Malls

“Nana” running through her paces.

“Cora” with Jason graduating from High School.

Autism Service Dog “Lucky”

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Striker Child’s Autism Service Dog

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Veteran Service Dog Under Restaurant Table

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Veteran Service Dog Blocking Personal Space

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Veterans Mobility Service Dog Under Table

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Bama Veteran’s Service Dog

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Service Dog IDs: Logo and contact info provided as proof of authenticity.